2019 Best Online Colleges in Kansas

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These schools represent the best schools in Kansas based on tuition rates and average alumni salaries. Ranked #1, Sterling College - KS has the lowest tuition of $4,185 and highest median salary of $116,347. The university offers a total of four online bachelor degrees including a BA in Elementary Education and a BA in History. University of Kansas ranks #2 and offers six different online bachelor programs at an annual tuition of $11,592.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Sterling College - KS $4,185 $116,347
#2 #2 University of Kansas $11,592 $87,610
#3 #3 Newman University $29,260 $83,633
#4 #4 Emporia State University $20,788 $77,003
#5 #5 Pittsburg State University $15,696 $71,563
#6 #6 Wichita State University $6,708 $69,956
#7 #7 Southwestern College - KS $15,562 $70,039
#8 #8 MidAmerica Nazarene University $11,970 $68,423
#9 #9 Tabor College $11,315 $63,225
#10 #10 University of Saint Mary $13,720 $62,633
#11 #11 Manhattan Christian College $13,950 $54,700
#12 #12 Central Christian College of Kansas $12,750 $52,500

2019 Online Colleges in Kansas Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,185
  • Median Salary: $116,347
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Sterling
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Sterling College is a Christian college that offers four online bachelor's programs in the fields of history, elementary education, criminal justice administration, and organizational management. They also have a 31 credit hour Master of Arts in Sports Ministry which delves into topics including theology of sport, coaching methods, and Bible study. The program, which can be completed in 15 months, culminates with a capstone that includes a practicum and internship. Undergraduate degrees cost $135 per credit hour and graduate degrees cost $400 per credit hour, making Sterling College an affordable option for many distance learners.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,592
  • Median Salary: $87,610
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lawrence
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The University of Kansas offers entirely online degrees delivered from their College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Health Professions, and School of Nursing. These online degrees include communication studies, psychology, health information management, and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). Students in the RN to BSN program can take courses in Client Assessment for the Practicing Nurse, Developing the Baccalaureate Nurse Role, Population Based Health Care for the Practicing Nurse, and Nursing Practice Within the Healthcare Organization.

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  • Annual Tuition: $29,260
  • Median Salary: $83,633
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Wichita
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Newman University is a Catholic college that offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees to interested distance learners. Currently, they have three online undergraduate degrees in business-organizational leadership, business & strategic intelligence, and interdisciplinary studies. They also have four online graduate degrees: a Master of Education, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Theological Studies, and a Master of Arts in Theology. The Master of Arts in Theology allows students to take courses in The Church in the New Testament, Controversies in Church History, Old Testament Theology, and The Four-Fold Gospel.

  • Annual Tuition: $20,788
  • Median Salary: $77,003
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Emporia
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Emporia State University offers four online undergraduate programs and a number of online graduate programs. Their online undergraduate programs are in business administration, accounting, interdisciplinary studies, and elementary education. Their online graduate business administration program has a number of majors, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), accounting, MBA with an accounting concentration, information systems, and marketing. They also offer hybrid online courses that have 2-weekend intensives in majors like library and information management and library sciences.

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,696
  • Median Salary: $71,563
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburg
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Pittsburg State University currently offers four online undergraduate degree programs: a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources, and a Bachelor of Science in Supervision and Leadership. The Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development degree allows students to take courses in Industrial Org. and Tech. Management, Community Sociology, Work Measurement and Efficiency, Theories of Communication, Basic Marketing, and many others.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,708
  • Median Salary: $69,956
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Wichita
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Online students at Wichita State University can major in various undergraduate fields, such as engineering technology, homeland security, business administration, criminal justice, and general studies. They currently offer 10 master’s degrees in majors like dental hygiene, health administration, public administration, and special education. They also offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) degree that has four areas for students to specialize in: family nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, adult/gero clinical nurse specialist, and adult/gero acute care nurse practitioner.

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,562
  • Median Salary: $70,039
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Winfield
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Undergraduate distance learners at Southwestern College can choose from six programs: technology, ministry, education, security and safety, healthcare and social sciences, and business and leadership. The business and leadership program has quite a few concentrations, including strategic leadership, operations management, business quality management, business administration, and accounting. Their online graduate degree programs are in the fields of ministry, education, and business and related fields. The online graduate programs have specializations in special education, teaching, and curriculum and instruction. They also offer a Doctorate of Education with two tracks: a licensure and non-licensure track.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Median Salary: $68,423
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Olathe
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MidAmerica Nazarene University offers 19 online degrees in undergraduate majors such as applied science in software design & development, science in computer information systems, business administration, and more. Their online graduate degree offering includes a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration, and a Resident Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing. They also have online certificate programs in teaching, nursing, reading, cybersecurity, and other certificates that might interest distance learners.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,315
  • Median Salary: $63,225
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hillsboro
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Tabor College currently offers three associate degrees, four bachelor’s degrees, and five master’s degrees that are all offered online. Their two online associate degrees are in urban ministry and business administration and their online bachelor's degrees are in nursing, Christian ministry, business administration, and criminology. Their current online graduate degrees are a Master of Business in Leadership, a Master's in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in informatics, executive leadership, and nurse education.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,720
  • Median Salary: $62,633
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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The University of Saint Mary offers four online degrees to distance learners. Their two undergraduate degrees are a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Students in the RN to BSN program can take courses in Gerontological Nursing, Palliative Care Nursing, Population Health, Leadership and Management Care, and others. Their graduate degrees are a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • Median Salary: $54,700
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Manhattan
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Manhattan Christian College was founded in 1927 and offers 8-week online courses, with five start dates throughout the school year in August, October, January, March, and June. They are currently offering online degrees in management and ethics, as well as biblical leadership. Courses are taught by the same excellent faculty that teach the traditional courses offered on campus. They also have a 21-hour certificate program in biblical leadership for students who aren't interested in completing a full bachelor's degree.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • Median Salary: $52,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Central Christian College of Kansas offers seven online undergraduate degrees. Some of these degrees are an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Business Administration. Their Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program allows students to take courses in Principles of Management, Theories in Leadership, and Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Their courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner, so students can log on to “attend” classes at their convenience.

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Popular online degrees in Kansas include programs in education, business administration, and Christian studies. Newman University, for instance, offers a Master of Arts in Theology, while Tabor College offers associate degrees in Christian studies and urban ministry, and a master's degree in ministry entrepreneurship and innovation. Psychologists are in high demand in this state, and schools such as Wichita State University and University of Kansas satisfy the demand for new psychologists by offering bachelor's degrees in psychology, while Emporia State University offers master's programs in clinical psychology and counseling. Emporia State offers almost 60 additional online master's degrees, giving distance students tremendous variety in their pursuit of higher education. Overall, college tuition for online degrees in Kansas is very low, with Dodge City Community College offering the lowest tuition at $3,150 per year.

At a Glance:

  • Over 70% of accredited online Kansas universities have tuition of under $15,000 per year.
  • The state of Kansas awards multiple scholarships and grants to eligible college students every year. These include the Kansas Comprehensive Grant, the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship, the Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship and the Kansas ROTC Service Scholarship, as well as numerous additional graduate scholarships.
  • The Kansas Nursing Initiative provides resources to public postsecondary institutions with nursing education programs to enable them to increase their enrollment of nursing students.

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